14 more municipalities across Attica to host the “Come to Sports” ergometrics programme by COSMOTE until May 2007

More than 1.300 9-16 year olds assessed their athletic skills during November and December 2006 
The second phase of the pioneering ergometrics programme “Come to Sports”, organised by EF ZIN Corporation and sponsored by COSMOTE, has commenced. The programme aims to encourage children and teenagers aged 9-16 to find the best sport for them and, more importantly, make sports a way of life.

More than 1.300 children responded to COSMOTE's appeal during the first phase of the programme, which took place inNovember and December 2006 in six municipalities of the Attica region. During the programme's second phase, 14 more municipalities of Attica will host the mobile ergometrics unit. More precisely, the programme, up to 22 nd March, is as follows:

 ILION       14,15,16/02       17:00-20:00 2nd Indoor Leisure Centre «G. Kakouris»
 KOROPI      21,22,23/02      17:00-20:00 Council Stadium «G.S. Papasideri»
 NIKAIA      27,28/02&01/03    17:00-20:00 D.A.K. Indoor Leisure Centre «Platon» – National Sports Centre
 ELEFSINA      05,06/03     17:00-20:00 Indoor Council Leisure Centre «GouvaDEI»
 MARATHONAS     08,09/03       17:00-20:00 Indoor Basketballcourt – Marathon starting point 
 PEFKI       12,13/03     17:00-20:00 Indoor Basketball court  –  Municipality of Pefki
 ILIOUPOLI      14,15,16/03     17:00-20:00 Indoor Council Leisure Centre «Diana Α.Ο.»
 HOLARGOS      20,21,22/03     17:00-20:00 Indoor Council Leisure Centre «Antonis Tritsis»

The ergometrics programme “Come to Sports”, taking place for the first time in Greece, was launched in November 2006 and is supported by the Ergophysiology – Ergometrics Laboratory of the Athens University Department of Physical Education & Sports Science. Ergometric tests are being carried out in a specially designed mobile unit with advanced equipment by the University of Athens scientific personnel (ergophysiologists, PE instructors, dieticians). The programme includes speed, stamina, strength, lower limb sprinting, upper body strength and flexibility measurements along with bodymetrics specifications. Measurements assess children's physical condition, examine their dietary habits and form a complete overview of the youngsters' athletic skills and potential, according to the individual characteristics of each participant.

Supporting COSMOTE's successful initiative is Olympic weightlifting Champion and COSMOTE's Corporate Social Responsibility ambassador, Pyrros Dimas, who mentioned: «The role of the Olympic Champion is to be close to children and motivate them towards sports. The aim of this pioneering programme is to make sports a way of life. This is the message I would like to convey to the children and their parents with my participation in this programme».

Source: COSMOTE Mobile Telecommunications S.A.